Issues

Abortion Access


Every woman should be able to decide for herself if, when and with whom to start or grow a family.

The right to choose abortion is essential to ensuring a woman can decide for herself if, when and with whom to start or grow a family. We’ll never stop fighting to protect and expand this fundamental human right.

The Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade that affirmed that abortion is a constitutional right for all was supposed to be the beginning of the fight for women’s equality and autonomy, not the end. Since then, we’ve been forced to defend it over and again as anti-choice politicians and organizations focus on undermining and chipping away at our rights until they can do away with it completely. They’ve passed hundreds of laws to restrict a woman’s ability to access safe, legal abortion care. These laws take many forms, such as trying to outlaw abortion altogether, shutting down clinics, restricting access based on income level, and dictating which medical procedures are available.

They’ll stop at nothing. Anti-choice extremists have opened thousands of fake health care “clinics” that lie to and mislead women to keep them from considering abortion as an option. And some anti-abortion zealots—emboldened by extreme rhetoric from anti-choice groups and politicians—have even murdered doctors and bombed clinics.

When the right to abortion is endangered, the fundamental equality of women is threatened. A woman can never be equal if she is denied the basic right to make decisions for herself and her family.

Seven in 10 Americans support the right to legal abortion. [cite to come] NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation will continue to fight to keep abortion safe and legal for all women, regardless of zip code or income. We will mobilize together to defeat attacks in the states and in Congress. And we will continue to educate, inform and rally the public to protect and expand the fundamental human right of all people to make their own decisions about their lives.

Successes

Our high-impact campaigns produce results for reproductive freedom.

Current State Laws: Foundation – Abortion Access


I know how important access is for women of color — I had an abortion when I was 19, and it was one of the best decisions of my life.

Renee Bracey Sherman
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Board Member
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